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Top 10 SciFi/Fantasy: 2018

August 14, 2018

A healthy mix of genre superstars and fresh new voices, and of diverse authors, styles, and characters, means that this year’s 10 best sf/fantasy titles, reviewed in Booklist between August 2017 and July 2018, offer something for everyone. 84K by Claire North When a man discovers that an old friend has been murdered, his investigation…

Core Collection: Music in Nonfiction

August 9, 2018

We continue discussing music titles in your core collection that will generate lively conversations and listening sessions with these nonfiction books. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen In this entertaining autobiography, Springsteen traces his trajectory from working-class New Jerseyan to humble superstardom in prose that recalls his unique songwriting style in its insight, light, and…

Core Collection: Music in Fiction

August 7, 2018

Music is such a powerful force in our lives, expressing our desires and fears, love and heartache, providing consolation and inspiration. We are also intrigued by musicians and their lives. Because music is a wellspring for writers, it is also an alluring and fruitful subject for book discussions. We hope that these works of musical…

The August 2018 LibraryReads List

August 3, 2018

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the August 2018 LibraryReads list! Vox by Christina Dalcher “In the future world depicted in Vox, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. Readers will want to shout every word in their heads, hoard every book in their libraries, and second guess the…

Thrilling and Chilling Beach Reads

August 2, 2018

As summer winds down, we all want just a few more moments of beach time, with the sand between our toes and the cool ocean waves beckoning us to enjoy one last swim. These reads will give you that endless summer feeling—plus a puzzling mystery to solve. Live and Let Chai by Bree Baker Life…

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Summer Reading List

July 31, 2018

Check out what Book Club Central Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has been reading and recommending this summer on Instagram! We’ll update the books throughout the summer so you can read with SJP. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne A seductive, unputdownable psychodrama following one brilliant, ruthless man who will stop at nothing…

Book Club Choices: The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

July 26, 2018

Young Carla and her brother, Junior, are among the poor families living in increas­ingly hostile Honduras. Carla’s mother has left them to work in America, and the small sums of money she is able to send occasionally, along with the support and love of the grandmother caring for them, allows her and her younger brother…

Top 10 Book-Group Books: 2018

July 24, 2018

Whether you’re planning ahead for a library book group or selecting for circulating book-club kits, these 10 discussion-worthy titles, reviewed by Booklist from July 2017 through June 2018, will get people talking. Fiction Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley A small museum holds the secrets to a star-crossed romance during the Seven Years’ War in this blend…

Book Club Choices: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

July 19, 2018

When 17-year-old Molly enters a rather magnificent home overlooking the Maine coast, she has no idea what to expect. She’s there because she’s doing com­munity service for trying to steal a library book. Molly is a foster child and has been for much of her young life; she’s come to expect the worse. In this…

Get the Inside Scoop on Book Club Central’s Program at ALA Annual 2018!

July 17, 2018

Last month, United for Libraries and Book Club Central teamed up to present the Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community panel at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans. Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books for Booklist, moderated the panel that included Bill Kelly, librarian at Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read…

HOW TO BOOK CLUB

Find Books for a Book Club

There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

Find A Book Club

Joining a book club can seem impossible if you don’t know where to look but you’ll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places. BOOK CLUBS IRL The Library Always the best place for aspiring book clubbers to start. Head to the reference desk and ask the person there about book clubs she’s sure…

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